What Call of Duty Is Coming Out in 2021?

Published 04/11/2021, 4:19 PM EDT


Over the years, fans of the FPS genre have become accustomed to a new Call of Duty title every year. More recently, 2019 saw the release of Modern Warfare, followed by the launch of Black Ops Cold War in 2020. The latest title has only completed a few months in the business and intriguing details have already emerged regarding the next entry in the franchise.

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So far, Activision has not given away much information about a new CoD game other than a late 2021 release date. However, credible insiders and leakers have taken to social media to reveal any recent developments about the upcoming title. Here’s a recap of everything we know about the new Call of Duty title in 2021.

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Call of Duty 2021 release date

While discussing their future plans for the CoD franchise during a Q4 earnings call, Activision confirmed that the company has “another strong premium release planned for Q4 in 2021,” as reported by GamesRadar.

Based on this information, fans can expect the new CoD title to become available in late 2021. Keeping in mind the impact of the pandemic situation, there’s a possibility for subsequent delays, similar to what happened with the previous title. Black Ops Cold War released in November 2020, and the 2021 entry seems set to follow suit.

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Title and setting of Call of Duty 2021

Multiple online websites have confirmed that Sledgehammer Games is acting as the primary developer for the upcoming game. The reports have also confirmed that the franchise’s latest iteration is presumed to be titled Call of Duty WWII: Vanguard.

While ModernWarzone claims ‘WWII: Vanguard’ is a tentative title, Eurogamer believes Activision intends to stick with the title for the final version. The name of the upcoming title also confirms a World War II setting is returning.

With Modern Warfare taking place in the modern-day and Black Ops Cold War set during the 1980s, this will be the first time the franchise goes further back into history since the release of CoD WWII in 2017.

When it comes to the potential storyline for the next entry, the reports are somewhat contrasting. According to Modern Warzone, the game could take place in a fictitious timeline where World War 2 didn’t end in 1945, somehow continuing into the 1950s. However, Eurogamer understands CoD 2021 will follow a traditional World War 2 setting.

Obviously, with no confirmation from official sources to back up the claims, there is some uncertainty at the moment. However, a setting and storyline related to the second global conflict seem to be accurate, judging by the predicted title.

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Game engine the upcoming title is based on

When it comes to the game’s engine, VGC reports that the upcoming title from Sledgehammer will utilize the IW8. This is the same engine Infinity Ward used to develop Modern Warfare, and Warzone also runs on it.

The majority of the community appreciated their gameplay experience under this particular engine because of its immersive capabilities. Although, Treyarch resorted to an upgraded version of the Black Ops 4 technology for developing Black Ops Cold War.

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Potential integration with Call of Duty Warzone

As of now, it is unclear if or how the potential integration between Vanguard and Warzone will occur. Considering that Vanguard is going to be set during the second world war, a conflict between the titles’ timelines arises.

It’s quite likely that Warzone will share weapons and progression with Vanguard following an integration update, similar to how Black Ops Cold War does. However, there is little information regarding a new map for CoD’s battle royale variant after the release of CoD 2021.

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Warzone’s map has already brought in an element of time travel by introducing the Vodianov ship that set sail in the 1980s. Besides, Verdansk looks set to receive a much-awaited map update that should reportedly transition it with an 80s-themed makeover.

Therefore, Warzone ushering in a new storyline that travels back to World War 2 with the 2021 entry remains a possibility. Another potential avenue for Warzone’s storyline integration is the exploration of alternate timelines of different conflicts, like the Korean war of the 1950s.

As of now, the game is still many months off from its launch date. So it’s too early to call anything for certain, as game development is subject to change. More information about Call of Duty 2021 will emerge in the coming months. We will keep you and this article updated with the latest revelations in the meantime.

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Souhardya Biswas

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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